On the comeback from a brief hiatus, vice-captain KL Rahul‘s batting position will be scrutinized. It is as a confident India seeks another demolition act against the West Indies in the second ODI to complete the three-match series here on Wednesday.
The India spin combo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Washington Sundar ran riot as they bowled out the West Indies for a paltry 176, and skipper Rohit Sharma led the chase with a scorching 60 as the hosts cruised to a six-wicket victory at the Motera.
And the team will undoubtedly want to pick up where it left off on Sunday night.
The most encouraging sign for India was that Rohit, who had missed the South Africa series owing to a hamstring injury, was in excellent form on his return.
He’d be eager to take the sluggish West Indies assault to task once more. Rahul missed the first ODI due to a personal commitment.
If he bats first, Jharkhand dasher Kishan will have to make way for the older batsman. If Rahul bats in the middle order, debutant Deepak Hooda, who played his part flawlessly in the first game with an unbeaten 26 off 32 deliveries. It includes heavyweights Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, and Suryakumar Yadav.
The game is also important for Kohli, who is going through a slump and would like to earn his 71st century, which he has been waiting for for over two years.
The hosts, assuming they bat first, would almost surely want to set a goal as they prepare for next year’s World Cup.